News: Nursing Practice

Patient Safety Awareness Week Is March 12-18, 2017

Patient Safety Awareness Week, a highlight of the United for Patient Safety Campaign, is time dedicated to raising awareness about patient safety among health professionals and the public. Join the Twitter chat or watch the free webinar.

Improving Safety Culture in Health Care

A new Sentinel Event Alert from The Joint Commission says that leadership’s failure to address a safety culture is a contributing factor to adverse events.

Buprenorphine Update for ARNPs

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, signed into law on July 22, 2016, expanded the privilege of prescribing buprenorphine in office-based settings to qualifying Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) through October 1, 2021.

Social determinants of health: What nurses need to know

As a nurse, you have likely seen the same person get readmitted to your facility over and over again, or perhaps you have wondered what led to a certain patient’s illness. What did the person do or fail to do to stay healthy?

Washington State Association of Nurse Attorneys earns national recognition

In November 2016, the Washington State Chapter of the Association of Nurse Attorneys was one of two state chapters to receive the Outstanding Chapter Award at the American Association of Nurse Attorneys annual conference in Dallas, Texas. The award was based on work developing and presenting our Nursing and the Law continuing education programs.

Nursing Commission Updates

This past year has been a busy one for the Washington State Nursing Quality Assurance Commission, with many updates to various rules, potential legislative bills and advisory opinions and policies.

Final VA APRN Rule Released

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a final rule granting full practice authority to three of the four established Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) roles, effective January 13, 2017.